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SCC hit the road to Southern California to meet up with State #1 Fresno City College and all of the south teams. The Panthers came away with 4th place, slipping a spot from the previous week.
For the third week in a row, SCC had the two finalists at 165 pounds. Undefeated Kaleio Romero (FR-Oakmont) and Dylan Forzani (Soph-Salinas) both made it to the finals again and claimed the co-championship. It is a great accomplishment for the two and the school. Romero improved to 12-0 on the season. Forzani is now 11-1 with his only loss coming to Romero in the finals of the SCC Tourney. Both had a solid tournament, but both were pushed in the semi-finals. Romero needed 2 overtimes to knock off Reed South of Mt. San Antonio and Forzani won a 10-9 squeaker on riding time to reach the final. Romero and Forzani are ranked #1 and #2 in the state respectively. Derek Lee Loy (FR-Hawaii) finished tied for fifth, making this the strongest weight on the team currently. He is ranked #8 in the state. He went 4-2 on the day with the losses coming to both South and Collin.
Also making the finals for the 2nd time was Trevor Wright (FR-Winters). Wright who is 11-3 and leads the team with 7 pins, is currently ranked #2 in the state. He met Joel Villa of Cerritos in the semi’s for the second week. The first time, Villa caught Wright for a fall in the first period. This time Wright turned it around. After scoring a takedown and near-fall, Trevor kept the pressure on till he got the fall and avenge the earlier loss. In the finals he lost to #1 ranked Mo Nasser of Fresno, but wrestled very tough throughout. Also at 174 and placing was 7th ranked Isaiah Smith (Soph-Orland). He has finished 5th, 6th and 3rd in his tournaments. He lost to #1 Nassar and then to #4 Alex Gallo of Palomar. Gallo won 4-3.
Chris Vaughan (Soph-149) had a nice tournament, especially considering he lost his first match of the day. He bounced back with 5 straight wins to take 3rdplace. Three of those wins were by fall and two were over wrestlers ranked higher than Vaughan in the previous rankings. The match for third was a pin over Isaiah Alva of Fresno, who had defeated Chris twice by 2-1 scores. His record is now 12-5 and he is ranked #5 in the state.
Two other Panthers garnered 4th place finishes, but went about it in different fashion. Nick Rohrer (Soph-Oak Ridge-184) and Jason Zecchini (Soph-Mt. Whitney -197) each took home a 4th place medal. Rohrer, wrestling in his first meet of the year, made it to the semi’s after defeating the #2 seed and 2nd ranked Kolton Martin of Mt. San Antonio in a 14-12, very exciting match. He then lost in the semi’s, bounced back with a win in the conso-semi, and defaulted out for the 4thplace finish. Zecchini lost his first match of the day, then won 5 in a row before losing the 3rd place match to Ryan Padilla of Mt. San Antonio. Rohrer’s efforts vaulted him to the #8 ranking in the state after his first meet, while Zecchini is now ranked 6th in state.
Three Panthers tied for 5th place as the tournament does not wrestle off for that spot. Carlos Alvarez (FR – Folsom-141), Antonio Jimenez (FR-Franklin-141) and Chase Miles (FR-Sutter-157). Miles made it to the semi’s and lost to #1 seed Josh Annis of Fresno City. He then lost to Kirk Kaliswzewski of Palomar. Alvarez lost his first match of the day to none other his teammate Jimenez. He won his next 4 matches to get the consolation semi and lost to Elias Mercado of Rio Hondo. Jimenez also lost to Mercado in the quarters, came down to consolations and won his next two matches before bowing out to Richard Pocock of Cerritos.
Christian Carbajal (Soph-Hawaii-125), Ryan Rosales (FR-Elk Grove-184), Bishane Sagal (FR-Oak Ridge-197) and D’Juan Ewing-Smalls (Soph-McClatchy-285) all finished in a tie for 7th in their respective weights.
Others getting wins for the Panthers were: Josh Ploke (FR-Oak Ridge-125); Tou Vang (Soph-Rosemont-141); Hunter Minton (FR-Sutter-141); Malachi Estep (FR-Rodriguez-157); Tavian Del Rosario (FR-Hawaii-174); Jordan Denny (FR-Folsom-174); Joey Beard (Soph-McClatchy-184); Alex Briano (Soph-Salinas-197); and Austin Reynolds (FR-El Camino-285).
The Panthers have this week off then start next week, Oct. 14 with a dual at home against Shasta College. SCC with be looking for the Drive For Five, straight Big 8 Conference Championships.
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By Pablo Di Maria
SCOTIA, NY. – It was a tough day for the small group of athletes from the Golden State in the Journeyman tournament in New York. Many of the best wrestlers from the East Coast attend this preseason tournament that draws the best wrestlers from around the nation. Chase Zollman of Poway High (113 lbs.), Chris Campbell of Mission Oaks High (120 lbs.) and Chris DeLoza of Clovis North High (130 lbs.) went into the tournament with high expectations of winning the Hammer, but left disappointed.
Zollman who finish seventh in the state tournament started the day by defeating New York state and Fargo All-American Kelan McKenna 1-0. Nevertheless, he lost back-to-back matches to end up wrestling in the 5th/6th place match where he lost 2-1 to North Carolina State recruit Tommy Cox of New York.
Highly recruit Chris Campbell of Mission Oaks High started things off by beating New Jersey state runner-up Gianni Ghione in a close 5-4 match. Campbell them dropped two consecutive matches and was put in the 5th/6th match. In the fifth place match, Campbell defeated New York state champion Theo Powers 3-2.
Wrestling up two weight classes, Clovis North Chris De Loza had a tough time winning matches in his pool. Despite giving up weight, De Loza lost two of his matches in overtime and gave the other wrestlers a tough match.
“My experience wrestling at the Journeyman tournament was good. It was a very hard tournament and I learned a great deal from my losses this weekend. Now I know what I need to work on to be one of the top guys in the nation,” Said Chris De Loza.
Up next for the wrestlers is the World Challenge at Clovis West High.
CLOVIS HIGH SCHOOL RANKED TOP 3 PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
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Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
TEMPE, Ariz.—In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Trials and the 2016 Rio Olympics, Arizona State wrestling’s Anthony Valencia has decided to redshirt the upcoming competition season, head coach Zeke Jones announced on Wednesday.
Valencia reached the qualification standards while still in high school as he finished in the top-8 at the 2015 Senior World Team Trials earlier this year.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Anthony (Valencia) to compete at the highest level this year while he is at ASU,” Jones said. “He has the opportunity to travel the country and the world to prepare to try to make the Olympic team. The best wrestlers want to not just be NCAA Champions, but World and Olympic Champions as well.”
The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, in 2016. The event is scheduled for April 8-10, four months prior to the Olympic Games.
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Valencia joins the Sun Devil program as part of the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, which also includes his brother, Zahid Valencia (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Lance Benick (Fridley, Minn./Totino-Grace), Tanner Hall (Meridian, Idaho/Meridian), Josh Maruca (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional), and Josh Shields (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional).
ASU will open the 2015-16 season with the Maroon and Gold Intersquad on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Riches Wrestling Campus. The preliminary matches are set for 10 a.m. PT, while the finals are set to follow at 5 p.m. PT.
The 2015-16 campaign will kick off in Morgantown, W.Va., on Sunday, Nov. 8, as ASU competes at the West Virginia Duals. The Sun Devils’ home opener follows on Thursday, Nov. 12 against Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m. MT at wells Fargo Arena.
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Trence Gillem of Helix Charter
Pablo Di Maria
In order for one to be successful in any sport we compete, we need to be consistent and constantly trained. That is exactly what Trence Gillem from Helix Charter has done since his freshman season in high school when he first step on a wrestling mat. His sophomore season, Gillem went 2-2 in his respective masters meet and failed to qualify for the state tournament. However, last year Gillem stepped up his game and not only did he qualify for the state tournament, but he also became a place winner by placing eighth at 126-pounds. What made his accomplishment more special was the fact that he defeated fellow San Diego Section wrestler, Scott Kiyono of Poway High 10-7 in the placing round, Also Known As “the blood round.” By placing in the tough California state tournament, recruitment letters were becoming a norm on Gillem’s mail box. However, Gillem has decided that Grand Canyon University is the place he wants to attend college and make his wrestling legacy.
“I had met the coaches before through clinics they had done in San Diego over the summer. When I went for a visit to GCU I felt very welcome by the coaches and the team and felt an immediate bond. My overall impression was that it was a really good fit for me. They also have brand new facilities and the fact that they had a great recruiting class for this year, including other San Diego Section wrestlers Kenneth Moore and Ralph Tovar made my decision easier,” Said Gillem.
Other colleges Gillem was considering, in no particular order: Penn University, Cornell, Brown, Kent State, Cal Poly and Iowa State. Gillem is a really smart kid as he scored a 27 on the ACT test and holds a 4.13 GPA. His goals for this year are the same as last year, to continue putting in the training to get better every day and be a California State Champion. He would also like to thank his coaches at Helix Charter as well as the coaches for his club team at Unleash The Beast for helping him become a better wrestler.
TCW TEAM OF THE WEEK – Fresno City College, 9-28-2015
Head Coach, Paul Keysaw and staff are working hard to have the Rams primed and ready by season’s end to challenge for another California Community College State Championships. To date, the Rams have wrestled very well and are poised to keep the strong standing tradition alive. Two weeks ago, they won the KLS Air Express Wrestling Tournament at Sacramento City College in dominating fashion and recently earned top billing at the Golden Eagle Invitational. Overall, the Rams have a great deal of depth, each weight group fielding talent capable of scoring big points.
Upcoming competitions, such as the Santa Ana Tournament is expected to bring to light the state’s no. 1 team when Southern powers, Palomar and Santa Ana colleges compete with Fresno City. The TCW congratulates the Fresno City Rams for earning Team of Week.
TCW WRESTLER OF THE WEEK – Martin Sandoval – Fresno City College
To be considered the best in your respective sport you must defeat the best. That’s exactly what 2013 CCCAA state champion, Martin Sandoval (Porterville High) did as he defeated 2014 state champion Terrill Sidner from Mt San Antonio, 14-9, in the finals of The Golden Eagle Invitational. Prior to their meeting, Sidner was not scored upon in four of his matches. Despite this achievement, Sandoval proved to be too much for Sidner and the rest of the field and gained his second individual tournament title of the year. In 2013, Sandoval and Steiner met in the third place bout of the California Interscholastic Federation with Sandoval winning the match 8-4.
The TCW congratulates Martin for earning Wrestler-of-the-Week.